RENTON, Wash. — PACCAR Parts’ new $32 million distribution facility here is now fully operational.
The parts distribution center (PDC) is almost three times the capacity of its predecessor, which was built in 1973. The new PDC services dealers in the northwestern U.S. and western Canada.
Like other PACCAR Parts PDCs, the new facility stocks TRP parts for all makes of buses, in addition to trucks and trailers.
“By investing in the latest technology and more than doubling the square footage, we are demonstrating our commitment to being a world-class leader in aftermarket parts distribution,” said David Danforth, PACCAR Parts general manager and PACCAR vice president.
According to the company, the Renton PDC represents the new standard for PACCAR Parts distribution centers by incorporating strategic design, innovative technology, and sustainability. Features include a 15,000 square-foot small-parts mezzanine, stock-picking equipment with built-in weight scales, and a custom parcel conveyor. The facility reportedly provides operational efficiency and a 125% increase in capacity of parts, enabling it to store more than 39,000 different parts. Also, energy efficient systems such as LED lighting and daylight harvesting contribute to meeting PACCAR Parts’ environmental goals, according to the company.
“We designed every aspect of the PDC to create a logical, efficient work flow,” said Laura Bloch, PACCAR Parts assistant general manager of operations. “From the ‘pick path’ to the unique stocking fixtures, efficiency and accuracy measures have been taken at every point to streamline customer orders and ensure quick turnaround times.”
The facility also includes a 50-person training room and an interactive “PACCAR Parts Experience” that demonstrates the company's distribution network, products, and services to visitors.